Last Words for The Road is a collaborative project about collecting handwritten quotes left by strangers I've met along my own road. First started in 2014, I continue to travel the world in search of more quotes and stories to construct a portrait of the modern-day traveller to study and understand when and why our generations have been continuously on the move.
(Book to come out in 2018).
(Book to come out in 2018).
Spain & Portugal
(Madrid, Sevilla, Almeria, Barcelona, Azores Islands) :
Spain was and is the country in which I lost and found myself - but it is also the country in which I understood and gave myself new meaning behind the word "traveller". Spain weaves a mixture of people from all over the world who have come in search of either better economic opportunity, or for a taste of the "spanish lifestyle". It seems that the concept of "time" and "home" are a lot in people's minds here - perhaps because Spain is the home of many, but also because time is lived differently and at a much slower pace. I met most people here in the various hostels I volunteered in, at El Campo de la Cebada, at parties, and in the streets of the Lavapies neighborhood.
Brussels is a destination I keep going back and forth to - a place I called home since the age of 18 but that I only started investigating as a home once I started travelling away from it. Every time I left I was reminded of what home was and what it could and should be. Brussels is a cosmopolite city, with people from all over the world - and where most people speak two if not more languages because of Belgium's peculiarity of being a small kingdom with three official languages (French, Dutch and German), while a number of non-official languages and dialects are also spoken. I met most of the people at bars, dinner parties, and in the street.
South East Asia (Indonesia, Singapour)
Here I followed route to the South Eastern part of Asia - also known to have become a popular destination for travellers in their 20's up to their 40's, and in most cases for the ever so popular mantra to "find themselves". In Indonesia I investigated the "spiritual" side of travel in a country that has a number of different religions that are practised and that have a significant influence on the country's political scenery. South East Asia I learned, was also popular with backpackers because it offered very easy (and cheap) mobility opportunities, especially for westerners with a stronger currency to spend abroad. I encountered most travellers (and a few english-speaking locals) at bus stops, hostels and in the street
Greece (Lesbos island)
In Greece I went to volunteer in refugee camps and helped out with Light House relief at the coast of Skala Sikamineas on Lesbos Island, which was considered the biggest "hotspot" for the arrival of dinghies who made it accross the meditaranean (if they were lucky). Here, many of the volunteers I met were travelling between destinations over longer periods of time. There was also a strong presence of people between the age of 40 and 65 who spent their holiday leaves here instead of vacacioning abroad. The experience taught me more about the ressemblences between travellers and refugees - both also on the move, but for different purposes - one for leisure - the other for survival.
Netherlands, France, Ireland, Italy & Germany
(Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Milan, Trier)
This series is based on various mini trips I made in Europe on weekends or public holidays. Most often I met people in their homes, couchsurfing and using stay-with-the-locals types of accomodations, which allowed me for a closer contact with the locals and a view into their lives. Most of the people who offered stay-with-the-locals types of accomodations did so as they themselves had travelled and now found a way to travel without moving geographically, by opening up their homes to people from different origins.